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Bring on The Poets

After emotions become thoughts, comes Poetry

photo taken at our poetry evening Burford Lit fest 2021

After the resounding success of last years poetry evening we are delighted to bring you two unmissable poetry events on Sunday 25th September as part of Burford Literary Festival 2022.

Imaginary Landscapes

Magical and mesmerising... An exquisite fusion of words and music

Sunday 25th September 3.45 pm £5

This is a special event featuring words and semi-improvised music with leading poet, author and raconteur Chris Tutton and harpist, Anne Denholm, joint Principal Harp with the BBC Concert Orchestra and who served as Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales from 2015-2019.

Chris Tutton is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of seven collections of poetry. Coined by Ned Sherrin as “the master of the short poem” his work has also been described as “absolutely beautiful” by Alexander Waugh, with Iain Anderson of BBC Scotland noting that it was “philosophy in poetry form” and the Sunday Times commenting on its “dramatic passion and dignity”

Anne Denholm is one of the leading British harpists of her generation. She is joint Principal Harp with the BBC Concert Orchestra and served as Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales from 2015-2019. She is a founding member of the award-winning contemporary experimental quartet, ‘The Hermes Experiment’ and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. She is earning a strong reputation for her interpretations and powerful engaging performances across a variety of musical fields.

An Evening of Poetry with Fiona Sampson and Sue Leigh

Sunday 25th September 3.45 pm £12 including refreshments

After the success of our evening of poetry in 2021 we are thrilled that poet Sue Leigh is returning to Burford Lit Fest 2022 and that she will be joined by award winning poet and author, Fiona Sampson, for an evening of recitals, reflection and refreshments.

Fiona Sampson was born in London and trained as a violinist. Her early musical studies and professional career as a musician in Europe influenced her editing and writing. She studied at Oxford University and received a PhD in the philosophy of language from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands.

Her poetry collections include Come Down (2020); Rough Music (2010); Common Prayer (2007); The Distance Between Us (2005), a novel in verse; and Folding the Real (2001). Common Prayer and Rough Music were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and Rough Music was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize. Come Down won Wales Poetry Book of The Year 2021. Sampson has received the Newdigate Prize and the Cholmondeley Award and in 2011 was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. We are delighted to welcome her to Burford.

Sue Leigh's second collection of poems, Her Orchards, has recently been published by Two Rivers Press. Her first book, Chosen Hill, was described by the TLS as ‘an intelligent and considered collection that pays homage to the act of paying attention’. She also has a pamphlet, Chalk, just released. Her work has been published in magazines and journals including The Spectator and the TLS. She lives in the Windrush valley and spends much time walking.

Tickets for both these events are available at at

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